Fujitsu FLEPia Color eBook


Fujitsu FLEPia Color eBookJust when Amazon looked like king of the mountain with its Kindle 2 eBook collecting reams of press coverage, Fujitsu seems to have punched the wind out of the poor thing with the FLEPia – the very first color eBook. Fortunately for Amazon, a number of caveats associated with moving over to full color may make the FLEPia more of a novelty than a true head-to-head competitor with the Kindle.

The FLEPia’s eight-inch screen offers 1024 x 768 resolution and up to 260,000 colors, which is obviously quite a bit more than the new Kindle’s sixteen shades of grey. However, filling the screen with that full spectrum will be no simple task: According to Fast Company, the reader will take eight seconds to refresh in full color. In that time, most users could have the same page printed out in color. Even with the color palette reduced to 64 colors, refresh time remains a sluggish 1.8 seconds. Fujitsu’s own videos seem to confirm this absurdity. Fortunately, color does not seem to significantly diminish battery life, which remains a reasonable 40 hours.

Because it actually runs Windows CE, the FLEPia will do a few more tricks than your average electronic reader. Aside from thumbing (patiently) through documents, you’ll be able to surf the Web with it, and it has both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi built in. A standard SD slot allows the device to offer up to 4GB of storage.

Right now, the FLEPia remains a Japanese-only release with a price tag of 99,750 Yen. That translates to roughly $1,015 USD, making the color eBook a pricy proposition for all but the most well-off bookworms. Fujitsu has not yet announced whether a North American version will ever be made, but more details are available on the translated version of the company’s press release.

Fujitsu FLEPia Color eBook

Fujitsu FLEPia Color eBook

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Grow veggies indoors and shower more efficiently

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Deals

Need a new tablet? Here are the best iPad deals for February 2019

In the wide world of tablets, Apple is still the king. If you're on team Apple and just can't live without iOS, we've curated an up-to-date list of all of the best iPad deals currently available for December 2018.
Gaming

These are the must-have games that every Xbox One owner needs

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From Cuphead to Halo 5, the best Xbox One games offer something for players of every type.
Gaming

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.
Computing

The Surface Pro 6 is a minimalist update on the best tablet 2-in-1

The Surface Pro 6 is officially here, though it's not as big of a redesign as you might have hoped. With a new coat of black paint and an 8th-gen processor, it's a small, but notable update.
Emerging Tech

White spots on Ceres are evidence of ancient ice volcanoes erupting

Scientists are pouring over data collected by NASA's Dawn mission to learn about the dwarf planet Ceres and the bright white spots observed at the bottom of impact craters. They believe that these spots are evidence of ice volcanoes.
Emerging Tech

NASA to launch SPHEREx mission to investigate the origins of our universe

NASA is launching an ambitious mission to map the entire sky to understand the origins of the universe. The Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer (SPHEREx) mission will launch in 2023.
Emerging Tech

Probes exploring Earth’s hazardous radiation belts enter final phase of life

The Van Allen probes have been exploring the radiation belts around Earth for seven years. Now the probes are moving into the final phase of their exploration, coming closer to Earth to gather more data before burning up in the atmosphere.
Emerging Tech

How can digital art created on obsolete platforms be preserved?

As the lines between art and technology continue to blur, digital art experiences become more commonplace. But these developments are raising an important question for art conservationists: How should digital artworks be preserved?
Emerging Tech

Statistician raises red flag about reliability of machine learning techniques

Machine learning is everywhere in science and technology. But how reliable are these techniques really? A statistician argues that questions of accuracy and reproducibility of machine learning have not been fully addressed.
Emerging Tech

Chandra X-ray telescope uncovers evidence of the universe’s missing matter

Where is all of the matter in the universe? NASA's Chandra telescope has uncovered evidence of hot gas strands in the vicinity of a quasar which could explain the missing third of matter which has puzzled astronomers for years.
Emerging Tech

Wish you could fly? You totally can with these top-of-the-line drones

In just the past few years, drones have transformed from a geeky hobbyist affair to a full-on cultural phenomenon. Here's a no-nonsense rundown of the best drones you can buy right now, no matter what kind of flying you plan to do.
Emerging Tech

Here’s how Facebook taught its Portal A.I. to think like a Hollywood filmmaker

When Facebook introduced its Portal screen-enhanced smart speakers, it wanted to find a way to make video chat as intimate as sitting down for a conversation with a friend. Here's how it did it.
Emerging Tech

NASA’s space observatory will map the sky with unprecedented detail

NASA is preparing to launch a cutting-edge space observatory to create the most detailed map ever produced of the sky. Doing so will involve surveying hundreds of millions of galaxies. Here's how it plans to do it.